Walking on distant planets, among knots of starlight
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Knots of Starlight, Among Us

“We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.” 
― Carl Sagan

This month's newsletter examines what we are made of. Sometimes this examination is of our motives, other times it is how we are made. Perhaps one day we will get the chance to find what we are made of, among the stars, where we belong.

Outcasts of Jupiter

A thousand years into the future, earth is a very different place. Our planet is a haven for outlaws, ash-runners, gangsters and vagrants. Jupiter is the center of the solar system — a hub of interstellar trade, commerce and the seat of politics. The Outcasts of Jupiter are a group of four vagabonds bound by a common purpose. They roam the fringes of an untamed and wild galaxy, taking on unusual and challenging jobs. 

Following from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Outcasts of Jupiter is filled with luscious illustration and unique characters. A must-read.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

The Gods Must Be Crazy, a performance by Ghanaian artist Attukwei Clottey
Attukwei Clottey creates some mind-bending work. The Ghanaian artist is known for finding inspiration in yellow plastic Kufuor gallons. These are a common sight in Ghana. Originally imported carrying oil, they are then recycled to carry water and other things. With the water shortages in the country, there is a certain irony to this, something Clottey exploits in his work.
Dedicating himself to addressing national and African issues around social injustice, trade, migration and post colonialism - as well as deeply personal family concerns - he's become known for experimenting with everyday and discarded goods, such as rubber tyres, buckets, jute sacks, wires and wood.
The reuse of electronic parts, of circuitboards and wires, creates an African grunge tech look. With the entire performance of men and woman dressed this way, the effect is much greater. Black cyborgs walk the Ghanaian streets. It's an extension of what he calls Afrogallonism, the reinvention of materials through cutting, stitching, melting, combining, and wearing them.

View more shots of the performance.

Vorgahn the Conquerer

Vorgahn the Conquerer is a webcomic from Deni Dimochka. The heroine is the descendant of people who fled earth and colonized a new star, G3. She works for the government, visiting unexplored planets to evaluate their populations. If they meet certain criteria, they can join the Planetary Fellowship.
Vorgahn's biggest hurdles remain handling her dissatisfaction with where she’s at in life, her long periods of isolation, and most importantly the tough decisions she has to make knowing for many planets she’s their desperate population’s last hope for salvation.

A Message

I find a special joy from the work of Cosimo Galluzzi. Galluzzi posts cryptic images of solitary travelers on distant worlds, deep inside strange alien temples, or among discarded pieces of civilization. There's a loneliness to them- it's as if this galaxy is exhausted. Humans and aliens alike retreat to the vast empty spaces, yet are always searching for something. The short descriptions accompanying each image only add to the mystique, telling a short story in a few characters. 

He posts regularly to Instagram
Someday, we will get the chance to walk on distant planets, among knots of starlight.

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